Healthy noms for St Pat’s
Tuesday, 13th March, 2018
By Emily Roberts
The nominations for this year’s St Patrick’s races are set to hit 100.
The event will see eight races run with 98 nominations and 73 horses, according to St Pat’s spokesman Andrew Schmidt.
Mr Schmidt said the final nominations will go through on Thursday to set up the fields for Saturday.
“We received feedback from a number of trainers and we think that has improved the appeal for the race day,” he said.
“We increased the rebate trainers get back if their horse doesn’t run in the top three. It was $120 and now it is $200.
“We’ve also changed the qualifying standards and that has helped extend our nominations.”
Mr Schmidt said several of the trainers were coming from South Australia.
“We have been very well supported once again by some old favourites.
“We have Kym Healy coming up with a strong team and Nathan Hobson is bringing a team from Swan Hill.
“Port Lincoln trainer Trevor Montgomerie is bringing up half a dozen.”
Pat Hoare, who is in charge of stabling, said they were seeing trainers come back year after year.
“We get a few new names each year, but there is an attraction that keeps trainers coming back.
“We also have Cindy Brander and Barry Murray nominating.
“There is a father, mother, son team that are bringing three horses. It is really good to see.”
The races will include the Wilcannia Roadhouse & Graham Motel & Tri-State Technology Benchmark 45 (B45) 1000m which is worth $10,000 plus $850 trophies; the Fred J Potter Plate 1100m which is worth $10,000 plus $850 trophies; the Silverton Hotel & Dr Andrew Crossman (Class 3) 1200m which will see $10,000 in prizemoney plus $850 in trophies.
As well there will be the Australis Roofing (B65) 1400m $10,000 plus $850 in trophies and the Far West Hyundai Handicap (Class 2) (B45) 1600m $10,000 plus $850 trophies.
The big race is the Clubs NSW Keno Outback Cup (Open) 1600m which is worth $30,000 plus $2,550 trophies. This will be followed by the Shannon Electrics Rural Plate Class 6 (Set weights) 2200m $10,000 plus $850 trophies, and finally the XXXX Gold Outback Sprint (Open) 1100m $20,000 plus $900 trophies.